Adopting An Animal Could Save Your Life, Too

Rescuing an animal that’s been abused, abandoned, or is just unwanted, is one of the most noble things a human being can do. In most cases, we think of pet adoption as a good thing to do because it saves an innocent animal from being put down unnecessarily.

Rarely do we ever stop to consider the plethora of ways that an adopted animal can make our lives better, as well. Yet there is plenty of scientific and anecdotal evidence that proves rescuing a pet can save human lives as well.

Scroll through the infographic below, and learn more about all the different ways adopting and loving an animal can help you become a healthier, happier being, both physically and emotionally!

If you’ve already adopted a pet, you might already be familiar with these benefits, but if you haven’t, I hope they’ll help to convince you that it’s a good idea. Even if you’re not interested in adopting a pet, please consider donating your time and money to a local no-kill shelter that is working hard to find them loving homes.

How Saving a Pet Might Just Save Your Life [Infographic]

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Top Image via Thinkstock. Infographic Courtesy of Carlton Hobbs Antiques


Rhiannon Bloomfield

I will always adopt, i know i am giving them a much better life :)

Jessica L.
Janne O6 years ago

Our hamsters, turtles and one of our dogs came to us as a result of private replacement (those who owned them before us were people we knew and they had us adopt their pets when they didn't want them (hamsters and turtles) or couldn't keep them (dog) any longer).
They were lovingly cared for, and they are very much missed...

One of the turtles in particular saved my sanity when going got tough. The turtles and the collie were the pets I got the best connection with, and I miss them every day. Life was always sunnier just because they were there. Nikita, Nemo and Viggo, you will never be forgotten
R.I.P., little ones

Dale Overall

Yes it is wonderful to bring home a pet looking for more love. One dog that I adopted was 8 years old, a Border Collie and Spaniel cross and his family had money problems, having to move out of the home they could no longer afford into a smaller one and they could not afford to keep their dog. They had spent a half hour with him crying as they left the shelter from what I was told.

Robbie was an adorable dog and we had many years together before passing on of old age. When I was a child a cat had been abandoned, she was living under a changing shack at the rink in the middle of a cold winter. People would bring her food but one day I carried her home and she became part of our family and our other cats accepted her. Sadly she had been abused but she came to know nothing would hurt her in her new home. It is always good to bring home a pet who needs and wants your love.

A pet store in our town has cats that are from the local no kill shelter and features them. Any person wishing to adopt makes the arrangement through the shelter. The pet store sells no other animals and only has shelter cats in the store, who walk and play in the store.

Darla G.
Darla G6 years ago

"Adopting an animal changes your life." That was a line from "Dogs in the City" last week. It's a very simple statement but it says VOLUMES. It's 100% true in my case. After adopting two Yellow Labs, I now volunteer to drive transport for shelter dogs, I give money to local rescues when I can, I've helped other people find the perfect dog to adopt, I preach spay/neuter to anyone I can, and yesterday I helped a dog that was left in a hot car. So, YES, a thousand times yes, it's changed my life.....for the better.

Gina Caracci
Gina Caracci6 years ago

As for my animals saving my life...OMG OH YEAH!!!!
..if it wasnt for my furry kids, I would REALLY lose it. They are my emotional support, my companions, my sounding boards, my friends and MY FAMILY. I wouldnt get rid of them for ANYTHING EVER. I am in debt because they will always have what they need, even though I am on a very limited income..but you know what I DONT CARE...

People tell me Im unreasonable and that its a cop out when I say Id rather live with animals than people anyday...Well, they dont lie, cheat or steal (well food if given the chance, lol), they dont talk back, complain, get mad or treat you like a piece of crap. they love you NO MATTER WHAT and are always happy to see you.

I start to lose it, and all I have to do is see my big boys face, and he makes me laugh...if Im upset, my kitty climbs on my chest while my big boy licks my feet or lays down next to me for a belly rub which calms me down. They are my world, my life and I wouldnt change anything.

Gina Caracci
Gina Caracci6 years ago

All my kittys were from sheltors...
Ive NEVER bought an animal and never will
I was given pick of the litter twice..thats how I got my big boys...but will rescue next time..
I wish people would STOP breeding and would take care of the pets they got at some point...I always ask if they would get rid of their children as quickly?? Im always afraid of the answer...

I started volunteering at the local humane society, but I always end up leaving in tears..At least its a no kill sheltor and I KNOW they will not be put down...They wont let me foster cuz I dont have a separate room...:(

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright6 years ago

Not to forget that you save THEIR lives too.......this isn't just about humans being saved.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright6 years ago

Adopted and rescued animals are simply the best! I would not get a companion any other way.............

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Z6 years ago

Shared on FB.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla6 years ago

I read something similar months ago,m it totally makes sense.
Thanks for sharing the info :)